Ascent of Edson Butte on 2020-07-03

Climber: Paul McClellan

Others in Party:Michael Berry
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, July 3, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Edson Butte
    Elevation:2786 ft / 849 m

Ascent Trip Report

Ken Russell's 2019-12-26 trip report is helpful and still valid. As of 2020-07-03 the downed tree blocking vehicles above the gate was gone and gravel was being laid on the road leading up from the "newly cleared landing" in preparations for future logging.

I had not noticed Ken's report ahead of time and we relied only on Dennis's very helpful GPS track along the many forest roads.

Michael and I were chatting when we first passed the old track at 1194, did not recognize it, and had to backtrack. This track was grassy and eroded, but easy to follow. Above the road with piled trees noted by Ken the road got much better and we did not recognize at first the heavily overgrown track where it left this road. We backtracked again to find it. This track was harder to recognize and quite brushy, but blessedly short and still much better than no track at all.

We spoke to a worker at the new road work site above the cleared landing and he had no objections to our traveling the roads higher as long as we watched for the gravel trucks. We did so, and got well off the road whenever one approached. The truck drivers did not seem to mind us and one warned us of a mother bear and cubs higher on the road. However, once logging begins access might be more restricted at the logging site.

The Crystal Creek Road off US Hwy 101 just south of Pacific High School leads to Edson Butte, and was used by the workers we met on our route our summit day. However, 1.7 miles up Crystal Creek Road one comes to a gate labeled "No Trespassing". This gate has a lock but the gate was open when I stopped there on July 2. The name "Moore Mill & Lumber Co." and the phone number 541 dash 347 dash 2412 was included. I called and left a message but got no reply just before the start of the 4th of July weekend. I did notice a sign noting the responsibilities of equestrians just beyond the gate, so perhaps recreation is allowed with permission.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3530 ft / 1075 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3530 ft / 1075 m
    Round-Trip Distance:17.2 mi / 27.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3158 ft / 962 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2586 ft / 789 m; Extra: 572 ft / 174m
    Loss on way in:572 ft / 174 m
    Distance:9.2 mi / 14.8 km
    Route:Dennis Poulin
    Start Trailhead:Gate  200 ft / 60 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2958 ft / 901 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2586 ft / 789 m; Extra: 372 ft / 113m
    Gain on way out:372 ft / 113 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:Dennis Poulin
    End Trailhead:Gate  200 ft / 60 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Paul McClellan
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